Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Toes are the digits of the foot of a tetrapod. Animal species such as cats that walk on their toes are described as being digitigrade. Humans, and other animals that walk on the soles of their feet, are described as being plantigrade; unguligrade animals are those that walk on hooves at the tips of their toes.
A toe is a digit of the foot of a human or animal.
Toe or TOE may also refer to:
Toe is a Japanese rock band from Tokyo. While mentioned in many post-rock circles, their song structure and dynamics are also similar to many popular math rock artists. The group was founded in 2000 and consists of four members; Kashikura Takashi (drums), Mino Takaaki (guitar), Yamane Satoshi (bass guitar), and Yamazaki Hirokazu (guitar).
In automotive engineering, toe, also known as tracking, is the symmetric angle that each wheel makes with the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, as a function of static geometry, and kinematic and compliant effects. This can be contrasted with steer, which is the antisymmetric angle, i.e. both wheels point to the left or right, in parallel (roughly). Negative toe, or toe out, is the front of the wheel pointing away from the centerline of the vehicle. Positive toe, or toe in, is the front of the wheel pointing towards the centerline of the vehicle. Toe can be measured in linear units, at the front of the tire, or as an angular deflection.
In a rear wheel drive car, increased front toe in provides greater straight-line stability at the cost of some sluggishness of turning response. The wear on the tires is marginally increased as the tires are under slight side slip conditions. On front wheel drive cars, the situation is more complex.
Toe is always adjustable in production automobiles, even though caster angle and camber angle are often not adjustable. Maintenance of front end alignment, which used to involve all three adjustments, currently involves only setting the toe; in most cases, even for a car in which caster or camber are adjustable, only the toe will need adjustment. One related concept is that the proper toe for straight line travel of a vehicle will not be correct while turning, since the inside wheel must travel around a smaller radius than the outside wheel; to compensate for this, the steering linkage typically conforms more or less to Ackermann steering geometry, modified to suit the characteristics of the individual vehicle.
n. 1 Each of the five digits on the end of the foot. 2 An equivalent part in an animal. 3 That part of a shoe or sock covering the toe. 4 Something resembling a toe, especially at the bottom or extreme end of something. 5 (context dance English) An advanced form of ballet primarily for the females, dancing ballet primarily using a Pointe shoe. 6 An alignment of the wheels of a road vehicle with positive '''toe''' (or '''toe''' in) signifying that the wheels are closer together at the front than at the back and negative '''toe''' (or '''toe''' out) the opposite. 7 (context engineering English) The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step. 8 (context engineering English) A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, such as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved. 9 (context engineering English) A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece. 10 (context carpentry English) the long side of an angled cut vb. 1 To furnish with a toe. 2 To touch, tap or kick with the toes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Toe \Toe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Toed; p. pr. & vb. n. Toeing.] To touch or reach with the toes; to come fully up to; as, to toe the mark.
Toe \Toe\, v. i. To hold or carry the toes (in a certain way).
To toe in, to stand or carry the feet in such a way that the toes of either foot incline toward the other.
To toe out, to have the toes of each foot, in standing or walking, incline from the other foot.
Toe \Toe\, n. [OE. too, taa, AS. t[=a]; akin to D. teen, G. zehe, OHG. z[=e]ha, Icel. t[=a], Sw. t[*a], Dan. taa; of uncertain origin. [root]60.]
(Anat.) One of the terminal members, or digits, of the foot of a man or an animal. ``Each one, tripping on his toe.''
(Zo["o]l.) The fore part of the hoof or foot of an animal.
Anything, or any part, corresponding to the toe of the foot; as, the toe of a boot; the toe of a skate.
The journal, or pivot, at the lower end of a revolving shaft or spindle, which rests in a step.
A lateral projection at one end, or between the ends, of a piece, as a rod or bolt, by means of which it is moved.
A projection from the periphery of a revolving piece, acting as a cam to lift another piece.
Toe biter (Zo["o]l.), a tadpole; a polliwig.
Toe drop (Med.), a morbid condition of the foot in which the toe is depressed and the heel elevated, as in talipes equinus. See Talipes.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English ta "toe" (plural tan), contraction of *tahe (Mercian tahæ), from Proto-Germanic *taihwo (cognates: Old Norse ta, Old Frisian tane, Middle Dutch te, Dutch teen (perhaps originally a plural), Old High German zecha, German Zehe "toe"). Perhaps originally meaning "fingers" as well (many PIE languages still use one word to mean both fingers and toes), and thus from PIE root *deik- "to show" (see diction).\n\nÞo stode hii I-armed fram heued to þe ton.
[Robert of Gloucester, "Chronicle," c.1300]\nThe old plural survived regionally into Middle English as tan, ton. To be on (one's) toes "alert, eager" is recorded from 1921. To step on (someone's) toes in the figurative sense "give offense" is from late 14c. Toe-hold "support for the toe of a boot in climbing" is from 1880.
"touch or reach with the toes," 1813, from toe (n.). First recorded in expression toe the mark, which seems to be nautical in origin.The chief mate ... marked a line on the deck, brought the two boys up to it, making them "toe the mark." [R.H. Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast," 1840]\nRelated: Toed; toeing.\n
v. walk so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction; "She toes inwards"
drive obliquely; "toe a nail" [syn: toenail]
hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
touch with the toe
n. one of the digits of the foot
the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes
forepart of a hoof
(golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft
Usage examples of "toe".
The joints of the elbow, wrist, ankle, or toes, may, however, be affected with this disease, but we shall speak of it in this connection as affecting only the knee-joint.
His eyes were hard as flint rock when they swept her from head to toe, and Agate was sure they held no small amount of suspicion.
Pewt he had the close and Mister Purington he nocked at the door and he asked for me and when i come to the door he made Pewt give me the close and then he told Pewt to tell me he was sorry for what he had done and Pewt he dident want to say it but Mister Purington most lifted Pewt of the ground by the ear and then Pewt he said he was sorry kind of mad like and Mister Purington lifted him up agen til Pewt he stood on his tip toes and his face was all onesided and his eyes all squinty and then he had to say it over agen polite.
Spreading his toes out for balance, Alec blinked up at her and gave a soft hoot.
With his toes locked in branchiets, Alfin reeled the bird into knife range.
She tapped her toe impatiently, wondering why Duncan persisted in talking about old and withered Eglantine when she, ripe and lovely Alienor, was directly before him.
In the clearing around the Twins many of the Amar were already asleep, rolled tight into their sleeping leathers, their heads covered, their toes naked to the darkening night.
Apparently having lost sight of Madison Sheffield, Amaryllis came down off her toes and turned back to the array of artifacts in the display case.
This put my picaro amigo into a black mood, and I spent the day away from the camp to keep the wrath of his boot toe away from my backside.
The King in robes of Golde, caused the yoong Damosell that stood before the Queene, to marche forwarde to the third Checker, direct in the first remooue, whereupon immediately there was seene a battaile and Torney, with so swift and sodaine forces, bending themselues to the grounde as it were lying close vpon their Garde, and presently vpon it capering vp with a turne twise aboue ground, one iust opposite against an other, and vpon their downe come withall a turne vpon the toe thrise about.
They walk in the middle of winter with their poor little toes pinched into a miniature slipper, incapable of excluding as much moisture as might bedew a primrose.
Voor zoover mij bekend is, werd hij tot nu toe nog nooit levend naar Europa gebracht.
Eene vrees voor haar leven belette haar te denken, maar hoe angstiger die vrees haar het harte omklemde, hoe krachtiger zij er zich toe dwong.
Vincent toe, die haar schertsenderwijze met zijn binocle begon te fixeeren, waarop Eline zich coquet achter haar waaier verborg.
Hij ging naar Sandoz toe om die naar zijn stoel te helpen en wierp een boze blik naar Voelker.